The Germany striker was withdrawn after 32 minutes of the 2-0 defeat which left the Bundesliga side bottom of Group G, having earlier asked for ear plugs in a bid to help him cope with the loud atmosphere inside the Vodafone Arena. Leipzig later revealed that Werner had complained of suffering from “circulatory problems” and dizziness, with the 21-year-old now said to be “feeling better” by the club.
Goals from Ryan Babel and Anderson Talisca secured the points for the Turkish champions in Leipzig’s first ever away match in the Champions League and manager Ralph Hasenhüttl admitted he had no choice but to accede to Werner’s request.
“He asked to come off so I took him off,” he said. “It is impossible to prepare your team for an atmosphere like this. There was a deafening noise [and] at the start of the game we were a bit affected.”
But Hasenhüttl also appeared to criticise Werner’s request to be withdrawn so early, hinting that the was disappointed in the reaction of the player who has scored six goals in eight international appearances so far.
“For me, as coach, it is important to see who I can rely on in moments like these, who is prepared to defend himself against what is going on on the pitch,” he said. “To encounter such an atmosphere was too much for some.”
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